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Unable to afford treatment

As the title states I have been unable to afford treatment… I am 56 years old I found out I had hep c in 2005 when I donated blood. I was shocked and scared so I was very quick to go to doctor and seek treatment. Unfortunately I was unable to afford the copay that year for treatment of ribavirin and isotope. Time just kept passing by ..I pursued treatment again in 2014 I had to start at square one again with testing, ultrasound, finally to get to the spot where I start treatment. My insurance denied. So I’m thinking some of us will eventually suffer and die from this disease and some of us will be afforded all the best treatments and extend they’re lives.

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Comments

  • CaseyH moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi godskid123! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’m so sorry to hear about this, and I can see how this would be incredible frustrating for you. We’re here for you, even if it’s just as an ear to listen when you need to vent. I did find some articles that may be of interest to you about insurance, copays, and things of that nature, if you’d like some more information. They can be found here

    https://hepatitisc.net/living/choosing-a-health-insurance-plan/
    https://hepatitisc.net/living/copays-vary-widely/
    https://hepatitisc.net/living/keeping-insurance/
    https://hepatitisc.net/living/can-i-apply-for-disability/
    https://hepatitisc.net/living/navigating-hcv-prior-authorization/

    There are several others as well, that you can stumble upon by clicking the links in the articles I’ve shared. I know this may seem overwhelming, but remember, we are here for you. We are so grateful to have you in our community. Please reach out if you have any questions. I also think contacting the pharmaceutical companies themselves, like ahhtwo suggested, is a great step. Many have fee assistance programs for those who qualify.

    Best wishes, Casey, HepatitisC.net Team

  • Kathy D
    3 years ago

    Sorry you’re here but happy your reaching out, godskid123,
    What is isotope? Curious about your Geno Type. If your insurance denied the medication to treat, your Doctor should have stepped in and appeal with the insurance company. Anyway, it’s 2017, back to square one. Repeat Tests, Perhaps a Liver Biopsy or FibroScan to determine the extend of damage your liver may have.
    Keep in touch with us. We truly care. Ahhtwo gave you some resources for low co-pay medications for some of the Direct Acting Antiviral medications.
    KEEP COPIES OF ALL YOUR LABS.

  • ahhtwo
    3 years ago

    Age doesn’t matter! I am 77 years old and have just finished my 3rd week of EPCLUSA. I did not have the money to pay for this mediation, but there is a lot of help out there if you qualify. Go to the Harvoni web site. Both Epclusa and Harvoni are HepC drugs made by Gilead Sciences Inc. Call the number shown on the website and talk to them. They can give you the name and phone numbers of some Foundations that help pay for the medication. They may pay for part of it or all of it depending on your financial circumstances, as long as it is prescribed by your Gastroentologist.

  • CaseyH moderator
    3 years ago

    Great advice, ahhtwo! Thanks for sharing! -Casey, HepatitisC.net Team

  • godskid123 author
    3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing that very helpful information..im sure I’ll share any good news I get!

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